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Adelle Nampeyo

Adelle Lalo-Nampeyo was born into the Corn Clan in the Hopi-Tewa Nation in August, 1959. She is one of the great granddaughters of the famous Nampeyo, who was known for reviving and expanding the beautiful ancient pottery designs from the archeological site at Sikyatki on the eastern side of the Hopi First Mesa. Adelle was inspired to learn the art of pottery making from her Mother, the late Elva Nampeyo. She was also taught by her Grandmother, the noted Hopi potter Fannie Polacca Nampeyo. She has been making pottery since 1979. She is the sister of Miriam Nampeyo, who also is a very talented Hopi-Tewa potter, as well as Neva Polacca, Choyou Nampeyo and Elton Tewaguna Nampeyo. She specializes in Traditional Hopi pottery, black and red on yellow jars and bowls.

Adelle specializes in the handmade traditional ancient Sikyatki polychrome pottery which her family is famous for. All of her materials are from Mother Earth. She hand coils all of her pottery the traditional way. She finishes her pottery by polishing it with polishing stones, paintig the designs with brushes made of yucca, and then firing the pottery in an outdoor firing pit, smothered with sheep dung.

Adelle says she enjoys making seed pots most of all because they are easier to work with. Her favorite design is the fine line and eagle tail. She strongly believes that she needs to continue making pottery the traditional way because of her strong spiritual beliefs. Adelle is now teaching her children the art that her ancestors have taught her so that they can continue in her footsteps.

Adelle signs her pottery as: Adelle L. Nampeyo, followed by a corn symbol to proudly denote her clan origin.